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Area girls basketball

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 2:00 a.m. CDT

Earlham 46, Nodaway Valley 43

EARLHAM — Nodaway Valley's comeback attempt in the fourth quarter fell just short in a 46-43 loss to Earlham here on Saturday in a Class 2A regional opener.

Earlham built a 32-25 lead after three quarters, but Nodaway Valley stormed back into the game with an 18-14 advantage in the fourth quarter, but it just wasn't enough for the Wolverines.

"Nodaway Valley showed the determination we've shown all season," head coach Tom Thompson said. "Down nine in the fourth, we never quit and cut the lead to one and had possession with 20 seconds left, but a turnover and resulting foul gave Earlham the three point lead."

The Wolverines got a good look at a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the shot came up just short.

"A disappointing end to a successful season," Thompson said.

Paige McElfish led Nodaway Valley with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Jessica Nelson added 10 points.

Josie Clarke scored nine points with 11 rebounds and three assists. Christine Gross scored two points with three assists, as did Josie Carter, who also finished with four steals. Emily Huntington scored three points with four rebounds.

The Wolverines finish the season with a record of 13-9.

Lamoni 44, East Union 32

LAMONI — A 14-2 second quarter was all the difference for Lamoni in an otherwise even game here Saturday against East Union in a Class 1A regional opener.

Lamoni topped East Union 44-32.

Stacia Bryson scored seven points to lead the Eagles in scoring and also grabbed five rebounds. Chelsea Hoyt scored six points with 11 rebounds and Kelsey Hoff added six points with 10 rebounds and three steals.

Emily Eckels scored six points. Kali Mertens, Mara Weis and Kacie Ripperger all scored two points apiece.

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